I knew Theresa Garnero was someone special before I even met her. She not only won the honor of AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year in 2004-2005, but she also recently won the Inspired by Diabetes contest — for a “Pin the Pancreas on the Piggy” game, no less. She also contributed to this year’s DiabetesMine Design Challenge, with a completely goofy product idea called the “Pet Pancreas” that says silly D-things when you press…Read more »
Talk about adding insult to injury! It was bad enough when my Type 1 diabetes ushered in a new era of being allergic to wheat. But now I’ve received some equally upsetting news: it seems I am also allergic to medical adhesives. Would you believe…?
“You’re the only one in the family who needs medical adhesives, and now you’re allergic to them. Isn’t that ironic or something?” my 11-year-old blurted out on the way home…
I don’t want this post to sound negative, as I’m quite liking the modus operandi of the FreeStyle Navigator. But as you can see, reader June S. hit the nail on the head when she said, “Yikes! How can you fit a large ‘Pod’ on your body PLUS the large Navigator transmitter/receiver?” Two lumps are a lot of gear on your skin, especially in the sizzling summer heat.
After wearing this double-duty almost all week,…Read more »
A Canadian company called EnGene Inc. claims to have developed an innovative genetic approach to potentially overcoming diabetes. I’m using the term “overcoming” because what EnGene is working on is not a cure per se, but a pretty cool workaround.
Here’s the deal:
As you all know, insulin is produced in the human body by beta cells in the pancreas. In the case of Type 1 diabetes, the immune system’s T-cells destroy the beta cells…
Question: How can you tell if the insulin in any given vial is still good before injecting it?
Answer: You can’t! You have to “test” it on yourself by injecting and awaiting the blood sugar results.
Isn’t that crazy?!
A reader emailed me a week or so ago asking why there is no litmus test — like a strip of test paper where applying a few drops of insulin would yield either green for “good”…